Living well with HIV
HIV is a treatable, long-term condition. Modern HIV treatment keeps people well and means that people living with HIV live just as long as HIV-negative people.
However, we know that there is more to 'living well' with HIV than medication alone. We have a range of services to support people's wellbeing.
We have two Peer Navigators based in the clinic. Peer Navigators are people living with HIV who have trained to support others living with HIV. They are able to support people at any point in their journey - be that recently diagnosed, starting treatment, or in later life.
This is a group of people attending the clinic who meet once a month to discuss among themselves issues affecting patients generally and how they could improve the services provided by the clinic. The group is also a source of support for people attending the clinic.
Health Advisers are here to:
- Give you time and space to work through difficulties adjusting to your diagnosis and any concerns that arise in future
- Discuss issues around forming new relationships and having sex
- Listen to your thoughts and feelings about disclosing to partners, friends and family and discuss ways this would be done
- Discuss what safer sex means to you
- Support you if you are feeling low or worried
HIV community support team
The team provides a specialist nursing service dedicated to adults affected by HIV who are residents of Hackney or the City of London. They have links with other members of the healthcare team based in the community and are experienced in providing individual care and support for people in their own homes.
Social Care Coordinator
The Social Care Coordinator can help provide a link with a range of other services. He provides support for people experiencing problems with finance and benefits, housing, immigration, isolation, and other areas.
If you are interested in finding out more about these services, please feel free to talk to any member of the JMC staff.
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